Blake’s Reach – Catherine Gaskin

Blake's Reach ALB

A Regency historical novel about a young woman who sets out to restore her family’s crumbling coastal estate, and in the process must throw her lot in with smugglers. 1958. Continue reading

Shadow of a Lady – Jane Aiken Hodge

Shadow of a Lady ALB

A historical novel about a woman who is pressed into marrying a wealthy but potentially dangerous man, then finds herself trapped in Naples during the early Napoleonic wars. 1973. Continue reading

Brewster’s Millions – George Barr McCutcheon

Brewster's Millions ALB

A novel about a man who is tasked with spending every penny of a million dollar inheritance within a year. 1903. Continue reading

Sara Dane – Catherine Gaskin

Sara Dane ALB A historical novel about a woman who is initially transported to Australia as a convict, but through an advantageous marriage comes to play a legendary role in the development of the new colony. 1954. Continue reading

The House on the Cliff – D. E. Stevenson

The House on the Cliff ALB2

A novel about an orphaned actress who inherits a house in Devonshire and instead of selling it makes the less practical decision to move in. 1966. Continue reading

The Web of Days – Edna Lee

The Web of Days ALB

A gothic historical novel about a Yankee governess who goes to work on a decaying plantation during the early Reconstruction period. 1947. Continue reading

The Passing Bells – Phillip Rock

The Passing Bells ALBA historical saga centered around a household on an English estate in the months leading up to WWI and the difficult years of the war itself, when no member of the household above or below stairs goes unaffected. 1978. Continue reading

Katherine Wentworth – D. E. Stevenson

Katherine Wentworth ALB

A novel about a young widow who struggles to raise her three children wisely, in the face of financial limitations, family interference, and her own possible needs for happiness. 1964. Continue reading

Wish Her Safe at Home – Stephen Benatar

First published in 1984; reissued by the NYRB in 2010

A novel about a middle-aged woman who inherits a house and is thrilled by the prospect of a new life, but somehow lets her enthusiasm carry her a bit too far. 1984. Continue reading

The Heir: A Love Story – Vita Sackville-West

First published in 1922

A novella about a man who, upon inheriting an estate from a distant relative, decides he should sell the place, but as the date of the auction approaches he finds himself reluctant to let it go. 1922. Continue reading